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Tuesday, March 23, 2021 • 11:00am • Online, via Zoom
Jason Ānanda Josephson Storm is Chair and Professor of Religion and Chair of Science & Technology Studies at Williams College. He received his master of theological studies from Harvard University and his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Stanford University. He has held visiting positions at Princeton University, École Française d’Extrême-Orient in France and Ruhr-Universität and Universität Leipzig in Germany. He has three primary research foci: Japanese religions, European intellectual history, and theory more broadly.
Storm sees himself largely as a historian and philosopher of the Human Sciences. The common thread to his research is an attempt to decenter received narratives in the study of religion and science. His main targets have been epistemological obstacles, the preconceived universals and cultural commonplaces that serve as the foundations of various discourses. Storm has also been working to articulate new research models in the wake of the collapse of poststructuralism as a guiding paradigm for the Human Sciences.
His award-winning book, The Invention of Religion in Japan (University of Chicago Press, 2012) traces the importation of the Euro-American concepts of “religion,” “science,” and “secularism” into Japan and traced the sweeping changes—intellectual, legal, and cultural—that followed.
His second book, The Myth of Disenchantment: Magic, Modernity, and the Birth of the Human Sciences (University of Chicago Press, 2017) attends to European historical and cultural context of the formation of the Human Sciences and the construction of “religion” as an object of humanistic inquiry.
Metamodernism: The Future of Theory (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming), his third book in the trilogy, articulates new research methods for the humanities and social sciences by simultaneously radicalizing and moving past the postmodern turn.
Storm is also working on a further book-length theory manuscript on “Power and Causation,” which provides a novel theory of causation for the human sciences and explores its implications for a new theory of power.